Tomatoes won't ripen (green tomatoes)

zms1July 19, 2006

I planted the "BIG BUSH" tomatoe plant almost 2 months ago . Plants have grown very big and are lush green. So big that they almost falling over because of the size. The tomatoes have grown very big in size, but they are still green and will not ripen. DC has had 100 F weather for past week. I water these plants once a day. I had planted a tomotao plant at the exact same spot last eyar and I had the same problem. Few years ago I lived in a town about 2 miles away and I did not have any problem.

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suze9(z8b Bastrop Co., TX)

Tomatoes ripen when they are ready, and there's no way around it. I know, it seems like forever, especially when one is waiting for those first ones.

I doubt there is anything wrong with your plant.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2006 at 10:39PM
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cbars(z5b6a MO-Kansas City)

As said above, HAVE SOME PATIENCE!! Your plants have been in the ground less than 60 days. Nature takes time.


    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 9:27AM
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Just think if they arent rippening then they may get even bigger :)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2006 at 1:42PM
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I was experiencing the same issue with my tomatoes. When I started watering every other day instead of every day, they started to turn red. (we had the same 100+ degree weather that you are now having).

    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 9:31PM
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I planted some Early Boys several weeks ago and while they produced fruit most of teh fruit is staying green. Can you tell me why?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 7:37PM
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Here it is at the end of the season and I have big "Sweet 100" cherry tomato plants that grow on a trellis up the side of my south facing brick wall ... 7 foot high. A fair number of tomatoes, all green. I fertilized with tomato food (lower nitrogen). I had drip irrigation set to water for 15 minutes every morning ... but a am just now getting "a few" cherries that are ripening. Why didn't they ripen earlier? Am I doing something wrong?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 12:42PM
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It might just be too warm!! Go figure!!

My tomatoes were planted in May and because my greenhouse was too warm throughout the summer they are just starting to ripen now.

Check this link on Tomato Ripening:

If you can't open the link, the most important info is this "The optimum temperature for ripening tomatoes is 70 to 75F. When temperatures exceed 85 to 90 F, the ripening process slows significantly or even stops."

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 3:52PM
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